Parenting

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Rome With a Baby: How to Survive the Eternal City With a Little One

When my daughter was nine months old, we took her to Europe for a three week holiday. Originally we had epic plans of travelling through Scandinavia and ending up in Belgium, but we quickly realized that was a terrible idea. In the end, we settled on Rome and Amsterdam. Rome with a baby may intimidate…

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What is a Last Will and Testament?

There is a common misconception that estate planning is only necessary for wealthy people with large homes, fancy cars and expensive art collections. I’m here to debunk that myth by explaining why every adult needs a will (no matter how much money you have) and how to get one in place today.  Who needs a…

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Maternity Leave in Ontario: How it works

Maternity leave in Ontario is similar to other provinces (except Quebec) and territories since it’s administered by the federal government. What makes maternity and parental benefits in Canada appealing is that you can still earn an income for up to 18 months while staying home to take care of your child. When you’re on maternity…

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Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) Canada | Everything you need to know

In recent years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Registered Education Savings Plan which is more commonly known as RESP. I suppose I shouldn’t be that surprised that many of my peers are interested in the RESP rules since they’ve just had children. Heck, one of the first things I did when…

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The Cost of Raising a Child in Canada

I’m at the age now where all my peers are having children. Friends who were never active on Facebook or Instagram all of sudden have plenty to share. I’m happy for you, I really am, but forgive me, I’ve probably turned off your status updates. Beyond the likes and retweets, the cost of raising a…

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How Much Does IVF Cost in Canada?

So I’ve got an announcement, my wife and I are expecting! Our due date is early July so I’ve kept this news on the down low for quite some time. We’re really excited about this life changing event and you can probably expect a few more baby/parenting related posts in the near future. I really…

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What Happens to Unused RESP?

The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is one of the best things the government of Canada has ever introduced since you can get a yearly match up to $500 thanks to the Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG). But you already knew that. If you’re reading this article, you want to know what happens to unused…

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Willful Review | Get $15 off with my Willful promo code

Do you have a will in place? It seems like an odd question, especially for young people, but the truth is that everyone should have a will. The fact, however, is that many don’t. In fact, 56% of Canadian adults do not have a will. Why? Well, there are a few reasons. First off, I…

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How to Manage Your Money as a New Parent

Having a child is what many people strive for but when that bundle of joy comes, it can be stressful since you’re trying to figure out how to be a new parent while having to adjust to a bunch of new expenses which you may have not anticipated. Understandably, things can get overwhelming fast, but…

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How $18 a Month Could Protect Your Family’s Finances

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RBC Insurance. All opinions are my own. Over the last few years, my wife and I went through two significant life events that drastically affected our finances. We bought our first home in June of 2016, and our daughter was born in the summer…

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